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Jad Fair Melts Faces at First Friday [Live]

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Jad Fair at Joyful Noise

Jad Fair at Joyful Noise

This month, Joyful Noise was fortunate enough to host a stage and gallery space for the soft spoken, spastic, freak strummin’ styling of Jad Fair. Presenting the audience with only himself and a hand painted electric guitar, Jad noised his way through a very intimate and charismatic set.

There was never a dull moment between untuned guitar riffs and his unique voice speeding up and slowing down to suit his own pace. Right when the audience started to anticipate rhyming lyrics or rely on rhythmic timing, the artist would allow himself long pauses or sporadic strumming to keep us interested.

Featuring lyrics about monsters, superheroes and being in love, (and even covering “Casper the Friendly Ghost” by Daniel Johnston) Jad gave to us an eccentric and memorable performance I think everyone present would find it hard to forget. He was strange, personable, and wailed so hard he busted his strings and broke the neck of his guitar only to promise everyone in his delicate speaking voice, “Oh, it will be okay.”

Not to mention he makes the cutest paper cuttings about monsters, ghosts, relationships, cats, nature and all-seeing eyes.

If you are a VIP, we will be selling the rest of his paper cuttings on our website in the next week or so. Also, if you missed the show, don’t miss out on the Jad Fair Artist in Residence releases throughout 2014. And did I catch a scent of Half Japanese blowing in the wind???……..

Jad Fair performing at Joyful Noise next week! April 4th and it’s FREE! [Live]

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We’re gonna kick off Jad’s 2014 JNR residency with a free show at our space on Friday April 4th!

You can reserve a spot at the show by clicking this button.
Eventbrite - Jad Fair @ Joyful Noise on First Friday - FREE

To remind you, as part of Jad’s residency he will be creating FOUR full-length albums throughout the year, each a unique collaboration with other artists.

Jad Fair & R Stevie Moore
(feat. John Dieterich, Kristin Erickson & Conrad Choucroun)
Jad Fair & Danielson
(feat. Brave Combo & Kramer)
Jad Fair & Norman Blake
(of Teenage Fanclub, feat. Boister)
Jad Fair & Strobe Talbot

A little more about Jad:
In 1974, with his brother David, Jad Fair co-founded the lo-fi alternative rock group Half Japanese. Over the ensuing three decades, Half Japanese released nearly 30 records, and in the process, attracted a solid base of fans passionate about the band’s pure, unbridled enthusiasm for rock and roll. Jad also performs and records as a solo artist, and occasionally collaborates with such musicians as Daniel Johnston, Teenage Fanclub, Moe Tucker (of Velvet Underground), Yo La Tengo, Steve Shelly and Thurston Moore (of Sonic Youth), John Zorn, Kramer, and more.

Jad’s talent for album cover design (he designed many of Half Japanese’s and all of his own solo album covers) led Jad to a second career as visual artist. His simple, joyous drawings and intricate, complex paper cuttings are shown in galleries around the world. Books of his artwork have been published in the U.S., UK, Germany, France and Japan. Jad is available for illustration work, including CD covers, t shirt designs, and advertisements.

Victor Villarreal touring UK! [Live]

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Hold on to yr butts… guitar aficionado Victor Villarreal will be touring the UK next week with This Town Needs Guns!  You may know Victor from his unspeakably inventive work with Cap’n Jazz, Owls, and Joan of Arc.  If you happen to be lucky enough to be in the area, do not miss your chance to see the mastermind at work.

Here are the dates (all shows w/ This Town Needs Guns):
THU NOV 28 – Southampton, UK @ Avondale House
FRI NOV 29 – Bristol, UK @ The Exchange
SAT NOV 30 – Liverpool, UK @ The Kazimier
SUN DEC 01 – Preston, UK @ The Mad Ferret
MON DEC 02 – Leicester, UK @ The Firebug
TUE DEC 03 – Dublin, Ireland @ The Workman’s Club
WED DEC 04 – Belfast, UK @ Voodoo
THU DEC 05 – Glasgow, UK @ Audio
FRI DEC 06 – Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Pete’s
SAT DEC 07 – Newcastle, UK @ The Cluney
SUN DEC 08 – Leeds, UK @ Wharf Chambers
MON DEC 09 – Manchester, UK @ Night & Day Cafe
TUE DEC 10 – Sheffield, UK @ The Harley
WED DEC 11 – Norwich, UK @ Epic Studios
THU DEC 12 – Oxford, UK @ The Cellar
FRI DEC 13 – Brighton, UK @ Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
SAT DEC 14 – London, UK @ Birthday’s

Check out this video of Victor playing at the Beat Kitchen in Chicago:

VIP Members: be our guest @ My Bloody Valentine / Dumb Numbers [Live]

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Crazy, we know. Our guys Dumb Numbers were asked to open for My Bloody Valentine on the East Coast leg of their upcoming tour! As a special treat for our VIP Members, we are offering a free pair of guest passes for each show. So if you are anywhere near Toronto, Montreal, Boston, Philly, or NYC — pay attention!

All you have to do is comment below and you’ll be entered to win. Make sure you include which of the 5 shows you’re hoping to attend. Bonus points if you entertainingly convey why you would be a worthy recipient (& if you share on social networks).

One winner in each city will receive the following:
— 2 spots on the Dumb Numbers guest list
— A signed poster / photo op with Dumb Numbers
— At least one drink, personally purchased for you by me (Karl, JNR’s “president & curator”). I’ll be the merch bitch at the shows. And you’ll have ample opportunity to hang out with me and the band.

WHY? Street Team + Win a Goldent Ticket at a WHY? Show Near You!! [Live]

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WHY? Street Team–you know who you are.  I’ve already contacted most of you.  THANK YOU for helping us spread the word about WHY?!  As a way of saying thanks, we’d like to offer you free passes to the show in your hometown. Here’s what we need you to do:


  1. Post about the show from your Facebook profile.
    (simply make a status update mentioning the fact that WHY? is playing, that you’re going, and anything else you want to mention about the band/show.)
  2. Post about the “Golden Tickets” EP
    (make a separate post from your Facebook page, linking to this page & personalize the post in any way you choose)
  3. Post a comment on the Facebook event page for the show in your hometown.
  4. Send us an email or Facebook message letting us know you’ve done steps 1-3. 

 5.  Share either an article about WHY? from local press, or an image of the show poster. 

That is it! Accomplish steps 1-5 and your name will be on the WHY? guestlist for the evening. Furthermore, we’re going to send out 5 WHY? t-shirts to participants whose names get pulled out of a hat.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Kishi Bashi

European tour & album release! [Featured]

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Kishi Bashi // “Manchester” Live from Joyful Noise on Vimeo.
Hey all!

So excited to announce my European tour for this spring! Joyful Noise is officially releasing 151a the UK and Europe on 4/30/13, so please help spread the word to all your friends in the area. I’ll be touring solo, with Karl from Joyful Noise as my tour manager :)

\ May 3 // Berlin, Germany // Hau 1 — tickets
\ May 5 // Cologne, Germany // Studio 672 // with Eye Emma Jedi — tickets
\ May 6 // Paris, France // Nouveau Casino — tickets
\ May 7 // Brussels, Belgium // Nuits Botaniques – Orangerie
\ May 8 // Amsterdam, Netherlands // Paradiso
\ May 10 // London, UK // The Lexington — tickets
\ May 11 // Manchester, UK // Trof — tickets
\ May 12 // Stockton-on-Tees, UK // Georgian Theatre — tickets

Stay tuned for more festivals and European dates coming soon!

– K

ps: The video up top is a live rendition of Manchester.